Team SHIFT started as an idea in 2010 as part of my Senior Internship class at Morehouse College. Then, in 2011, as a graduate student at Texas A&M, I entered the SHIFT model into A&M’s Mays Business School Ideas Contest. The SHIFT concept was selected as a Finalist, which allowed me to present the idea in front of a panel of investors. Using a $500 seed investment after the competition, Team SHIFT, Inc was incorporated as a Texas not-for-profit organization during the summer of 2011.
Since then, by the grace of God SHIFT has impacted the lives of hundreds of youth through our 5-part lecture series, SHIFT Enterprise Academy, college preparedness workshops, young entrepreneur seminars, and mentorships. As we evolve into our next stage of growth, and I reflect on previous successes of SHIFT I am most thankful for my partners, supporters, and the SHIFT Agents who continue to believe in the SHIFT approach.